Danny Redmond returned to competitive action for the Under 21s on Monday against Sheffield Wednesday for the first time since the end of January after an injury against Barnsley.
The 22-year-old said he was relieved to be back.
“I feel 100% now and it was great to play 90 minutes on Monday for the Under 21s.
“It was frustrating when I was injured and stuck in the gym all the time watching everyone else going out to train.
“I’m just glad to be back playing and training and being around the group of players again rather than focussing on individual work.”
The injury itself was suffered after a collision with a Barnsley defender left him with bad bruising on his knee and a little hole in the muscle, something Redmond himself stated as obscure.
“It was a strange injury and I’ve not really seen or heard of anything like it before.
“The physios have been great because they’ve helped me to get the strength and conditioning back into my muscle.
“Thankfully they’ve got me back quicker than first thought because it was quite a nasty injury at the time.”
With many of the squad away representing their national teams this week, Redmond remains at the training ground working in a much smaller group, but he admits it has its positives.
“One thing I’ve noticed about the international period is that you get to know how players play a lot more and it’s a time to work different partnerships because there are less people training.
“During the international break it’s not really about getting down time, it’s about having the chance to work on individual needs because there are less players around.
“We work in smaller groups and you pick up on new things that you might not notice in a bigger group.”